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Some Of My Favorite Artists

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I might send you off on a good start to your week with a peek at some fantastic art.

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This, my loves, is the work of Dolan Geiman. Dolan is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from nature and americana. He reuses found materials in many of his pieces. I love following along on his Instagram to see what he is currently working on.  If you are lucky to hit any of the artisan fairs he attends, you can shop in person. Dolan also does commission work for both residential and commercial clients.Great_Plains_Collection_White_Stag_No

His “taxidermy” is awesome!  And before I even knew about Dolan, I had discovered a favorite place in Chicago, Rockit Bar & Grill, completely digging on the interior as well as the burgers. Well, lo and behold the artist was, guess who?

Next on my list of inspiring artists is Jenny Andrews Anderson. I tend to be attracted to art that exudes the personality of the artist and I get that with Jenny. Just check out her blogJAA-High-Plains-DrifterThe. most. lovely. abstracts. JAA-Jelly-Fish copy

And her jellyfish series is genius. For those of you who think anyone can paint an abstract- try it. I’ll just say its a gift. Jenny also does commissions; make sure you stop by her Tumblr and take a look at this one she did for Tommy Hilfiger in NY.

Along the lines of artists with personalities that scream through their work is Ashley Longshore, a pop artist based in New Orleans. Following Ashley is not for the faint of heart- she puts it all out there, profanity and all. But ohhhh, what a joy.Bottle-Fed-ALOn my wish list is to commission her to do a portrait of me.

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She does a wonderfully fun series of Audrey Hepburn paintings. Audrey with random things about her- like maybe a giant goldfish swimming about, or a snow globe coming out of her head. Seriously, check her out.

Lastly I’d like to share the work of Harding Meyer with you.  Brazilian born, but now living in Germany, this artist is known for large scale portraits with a watery quality about them.Harding-Meyer

The eyes; oh how the eyes draw you in. harding-meyer-ohne-titel-(18-2013)

If you scroll back through his Tumblr you’ll get to see video of him painting. There is some time lapse there also; it is so intriguing to see his technique.

The world of art is amazing, isn’t it? I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to some of the coolest art I’ve seen out there. I intend to follow up with a post on some local Dayton artists I love (support your local artisans!) Feel free to share some talent here in the comments with me- I’d love to discover the artists you admire.

Paint It Black

I hope you all are already following me on Instagram, but in case you’re not, let me introduce you to the honorary Scouts I have been working with the last couple of weeks:

Meet Danny, Jake, and Merry. You may have deduced that Jake is my son. Danny is one of his college roommates. And Merry, well, she’s the furry one. At least two of them are creative types like me, so I roped them in to helping me with a fundraiser I’ve been involved with for sometime now.

Enter the RED Table Design Gala. It’s a bi-annual fundraiser for the ARC Ohio and this is our fourth time participating. Remember the bread Eiffel Tower from two years ago? This year’s theme was “Rock ‘n RED Hall of Fame” and among table themes we considered were Def Leppard and Aerosmith’s Dream On; however, we finally decided upon The Rolling Stones Paint It Black.

Danny & Jake hit every thrift store in town searching for random items that we could paint black, of course. Take a look at some of the common and obscure things we chose to include.

Once again hot glue played a big role and we attached the items to a frame the boys crafted out of foam core. The centerpiece ended up being five feet tall after attaching it to a stand we built so that the guests at the table could see each other. The “wet paint” was created after much experimentation with more hot glue and some gloss black spray paint. The finished sculpture ended up being a hit with all the guests, and the sponsors of our table, the Buckingham Financial Group, were treated with wax “Mick Jagger” lips and Rockstar glasses for fun party favors.

We were able to attend the Preview Party held the night before the event to see all the finished tables. Congratulations to all the table designers on jobs well done and the volunteers who organized this fantastic party.

And a major shout out to Danny and Jake. I couldn’t have done it without y’all. I’ll keep you updated with the total funds raised, but I believe they exceeded the half million dollar mark again!

Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics. They’re a good thing.

A few days ago I posted this photo to Instagram.

Its not too late to start thinking about jazzing up your outdoor living space. These indoor/outdoor fabrics from Kirkby Design are perfect.

It occurred to me how often I’ve turned to indoor/outdoor fabrics for indoors. They are perfect for sunrooms, family rooms and kids’ spaces. Also known as “high performance” fabrics, they are designed for sun exposure and maximum durability~ so versatile!

Indoor/outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the last few years. Fibers feel more like traditional indoor fabric as opposed to that slick synthetic they used to be. Patterns and colors are more up to date. And more fabric houses are introducing indoor/outdoor fabrics, meaning the choices can be virtually endless.

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If you are looking into new upholstered furniture or reupholstering an existing piece, call or email Vintage Scout to discuss what fabrics would be best for your lifestyle and budget. Indoor/outdoor fabric might be right for you.

This week at Vintage Scout

Through the eyes of InstagramHit our first flea market of the season up here in Ohio. This chicken nester would be perfect mounted on a mudroom wall for shoes.

We paid tribute to Lilly Pulitzer who passed away this week.We installed our bathroom at the DPVA Designers’ Show House located in Oakwood, Ohio

We tried to catch up on estimates and floor planning.We had fun with Throwback Thursday. #tbt Can you believe my babies are 20 and 21 now? I am still 29.

And our favorite part- visits to our clients’ homes.

What did you get up to this week? You can follow us on Instagram at @ScoutDeb and ScoutDana

And the winner is…

Thank you for graciously Sharing Your Scout with us. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how your Vintage Scout treasures look in your home. But there can only be one winner.

Jennifer L. shared this photo of the fleur de lis hooks she snagged at Vintage Scout. She is the lucky winner of her choice of a Delirium Candle or Cucina product.

Don’t let the end of the contest stop you from Sharing Your Scout. We love seeing how our lovlies look when they find new homes. Remember to use the #vintagescout. You can check out what’s new at Vintage Scout by following us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Share Your Scout

December is “Share your Scout” month.

Upload a picture of something you got from Vintage Scout Interiors or a room that the Scouts helped you with or even your favorite thing in our store or website.

Post it to our Facebook page, Tweet it, Instagram it, or Pin it to Pinterest, all with the hashtag #VintageScout .

At the end of the month we’ll randomly select one winner out of those who join in the fun to receive your choice of a Delirium Candle, a Cucina hand soap, or a Savon de Marseille lavender soap.

Don’t forget to include the #VintageScout. That’s how we’ll compile the list. Start sharing today!